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September 6, 1913

The Modern Treatment of Nervous and Mental Diseases.

JAMA. 1913;61(10):792-793. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350100070034

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The somewhat unusual point of view from which this work regards the subject presented is deserving of attention. Instead of beginning with the physical as primary and making the psychic a mere appendage, the authors approach the diseases of the nervous system from a conception of life in which the psychic is deemed worthy of quite as much consideration as the physical. The authors think that previous writers have been too much concerned with details, such as disorders of gait, of power, of sensation and of related phenomena, to the neglect of the larger problem of the individual, the biologic unit and his social relations. "Practically all such works have stopped short where they should have begun. They have told us in large measure how to patch up broken machinery, but rarely have they ever suggested or given directions for avoiding the wrecks." The point of view is essentially therapeutic

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